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700 MHz BAND

ARCEP issues licences to the winning candidates 

Paris, 9 December 2015

Through Decision No. 2015-1454 of 24 November 2015, ARCEP accepted the bids that were made by Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange France and SFR during the frequency allocation procedure for the 700 MHz band.

Tomorrow, ARCEP issued each of these candidates a licence to use frequencies in this band. This step marks the completion of the allocation procedure. These licences list the terms and conditions for using the frequencies which had been established as part of the procedure, and notably rollout obligations which are summarised in the annex.

In total, the winning candidates will pay the State a combined set fee of €2,798,976,324, to be settled in four instalments between 2015 and 2018. They will also pay a variable annual fee equal to one percent of the revenue earned from the use of these frequencies.

The frequencies, which are currently being used for digital television broadcasting, will gradually become available across the country between April 2016 and July 2019.

Annex - Coverage obligations

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